Nestlé shipment arrives in Indiana

First shipment of Nestlé baby formula delivered to US to help ease critical shortage arrived in Indiana on Sunday.

Why is this important: National Economic Council Director Brian Deese told CNN “State of the Union“Sunday’s shipment will represent 15% of the medical-grade specialty preparations requirement. More flights are coming in to ease the shortage,” Deese said.

The big picture: Imports from Europe, dubbed “Operation Fly Formula”, are the latest effort to ease a shortage that has sent panic among millions of parents and caregivers.

  • In total, the shipments will carry the equivalent of up to 1.5 million 8-ounce bottles of infant formula to the US market.
  • The three formulas chosen are hypoallergenic formulas for children allergic to cow’s milk proteins, according to the sheet.

Enlarge: The shipment that landed on Sunday consists of 132 pallets of Alfamin Infant and Alfamino Junior formulas. A follow-up shipment of 114 pallets of Gerber Good Start Extensive HA formula is expected “in the coming days”, according to a Nestlé fact sheet.

What they say : “Our first Operation Fly Formula shipment lands in the United States today,” Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider said in a statement on Sunday.

  • “While more are on the way, we hope this progress will bring a little more comfort to worried parents to know that we are committed to doing all we can to support them during this time,” he added.

“Our team is working around the clock to get safe formula to everyone who needs it,” President Biden tweeted alongside photos of the formula shipment, which he said weighed more than 70,000 pounds. .

Go further: Why is there a shortage of formula and what can be done about it

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